In this day and age, it seems that everything has gone digital. Streaming services have replaced movie-rental stores, meetings are being held online, and quite often you hear the phrase, “There’s an app for that.”

Yet for all the instant gratification and convenience that modern technology has brought us, there’s still something about doing things the way they’ve always been done. To quote a line from a James Bond film, “Sometimes the old ways are the best.”

Take planning, for example. Recent research shows that writing schedules and notes by hand in a planner can be more effective than utilizing a digital device in several different ways.

According to a study done by the University at Tokyo, writing things down on paper is actually a faster, more accurate method than digital note-taking. It also is associated with more robust brain activation in multiple areas and better memory recall. Other reasons to choose paper planners over digital versions include being less distracted, increased motivation, and having less stress.

For jotting down your important appointments and reminders, we recommend using the #8125 Classic Weekly Planner and the #55758 Silver Ion Wax Gel Highlighter Pen. With ruled daily entries and a two-page-per-week format, this planner will keep you organized throughout the year. It also includes postal information, weights and measures, and more. Its SFI® label means that materials used for this product have been responsibly sourced. The twist-action pen, meanwhile, is a great multitasking writing instrument that includes a wax gel highlighter that will not smear or dry out.

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Fun Fact: For soon-to-be brides and grooms, March 1 is a great time to break out the pen and planner – it’s National Wedding Planning Day!

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